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Arsonists strike at Bradford primary school

A primary school in Bradford suffered serious fire damage to two floors after a suspected arson attack last night. It is believed a plastic table and other materials were piled against a ground floor door and set on fire at Lister Primary School in Manningham.

The blaze spread into a classroom and then to a room above and also into adjoining toilets. Around thirty firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out just after seven last night.

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Teachers strike divides opinions

Teachers across the region have been on strike today, forcing hundreds of schools to close.

The dispute has divided opinion with a poll by ITV News saying that just over half of those interviewed opposed today's walkout by the National Union of Teachers.

The union said the strike, over pay, pensions and conditions, was a "last resort". But it was condemned by the government which said it won't give in to the NUT's demands.

From Sheffield, David Hirst reports.

Teachers strike across the region

Thousands of teachers across our region who are taking strike action for a second time in under six months.

In Sheffield today, more than 600 members of the National Union of Teachers took to the streets over pay, pensions and conditions. Around 220 schools have been closed across North, South and West Yorkshire with hundreds more partially closed down.

Teachers say that one of the issues they're striking over is an increased workload, but the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, says the strikes aren't sensible.

Teacher morale "dangerously low"

The secretary of Bradford NUT, John Howarth, has apologised to parents affected by today's strike - but says he hopes they will support the teachers' action.

Teacher workload is unsustainable and the thought of doing the job until 68 is driving many away from the job. Teacher morale is at dangerously low levels. Children need teachers who are fresh and well motivated not tired and demoralised. All the polls show that Michael Gove is out of touch with teachers and parents - he must listen and change direction. This strike is his fault - teachers do not like taking strike action but they are prepared to lose pay to stand up for education. We do apologise for the inconvenience to parents but we hope they will support us.

– Bradford NUT Secretary, John Howarth

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Hundreds of schools close during teachers' strike

Second strike by teachers Credit: Calendar news

Hundreds of schools in the region will either close or partially close today as teachers take strike action for the second time in just under six months.

In Lincolnshire just six schools will fully close, whilst 63 will shut their doors in South Yorkshire and 11 in East Yorkshire as teachers strike over workloads, performance related pay and unfair pension changes.

Around 250 schools will close in West, South and North Yorkshire, with at least another 460 partially closing in a move which will affect thousands of pupils.

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School to teach English as foreign language to all pupils

A secondary school, where more than three-quarters of its pupils do not have English as their mother tongue, plans to teach English as a foreign language to all of its students.

The City of Leeds School teaches 300 children from 55 different countries but says its new approach will also apply to those whose first language is English.

Headteacher Ms Sale said pupils will receive one extra 50-minute English lesson each week. The school hopes the extra tutition will "boost their fundamental English skills and improve their basic spelling and grammar."

File Photo: A Leeds school will start teaching all pupils English as a second language in a bid to boost GCSE results.
File Photo: A Leeds school will start teaching all pupils English as a second language in a bid to boost GCSE results. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Ms Sale said many of her pupils struggled to read and write even in their native language.

Ms Sale told the paper: "Many of our pupils are not only new to English but they are not even literate in their own language. In some cases we are the first people to put a pen in their hand."

The move is a strategy aimed at reversing the school’s GCSE results which saw only 26% of pupils achieving the crucial five A* to C grades last year.

The school plans to introduce the lessons to all pupils later in the year.

Johnny Ball's giant maths class

Johnny Ball
Johnny Ball Credit: Press Association

TV presenter and maths enthusiast Johnny Ball is set to host a record breaking giant maths lesson for the schoolchildren of Yorkshire.

Johnny will present his distinctive and unique style of 'real-life' maths to thousands of youngsters , aged between 9 and 13, at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.

The Giant Maths Lesson is an opportunity for pupils of all abilities to learn and absorb knowledge from one of the nation's best loved educational personalities.

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